West Alabama 30, Georgia State 23

The game that was

If you believe in football karma, then a lot of good things are ahead for Georgia State’s football team because nothing is going right this year. The Panthers (2-8) were beaten by West Alabama 30-23 in another game in which they had a chance to win, but made too many mistakes to take the victory. Georgia State has lost to an NAIA team and Division II team in back-to-back weeks.

What we learned

1. If it weren’t for bad luck… One of the priorities this season was taking care of the ball. While not perfect, the Panthers had a minus-1 turnover margin … until Saturday. Georgia State turned over the ball five times, including on three of their final four possessions when the game was on the line.

2. Fourth-quarter futility continues. The Panthers have now been outscored 102-20 in the fourth quarter this season after being outscored 10-7 in Saturday’s loss.  Actually, the Panthers drove six times into West Alabama’s red zone in the second half and came away with one touchdown.

3. Georgia State’s offense is inconsistent. Kelton Hill kept his team in the game by rushing for a school-record 152 yards and passing for 228 more. However, his three touchdowns were offset by his two fumbles and two interceptions. The rest of the running game was non-existent, partially because of injuries to the top three running backs, which put a bull’s eye on Hill. Donald Russell was questionable before the game and had just one carry for 5 yards. Travis Evans had three carries for 25 yards.

Injury report

Running backs Travis Evans (elbow) and Parris Lee (knee) are out.

Numbers game

5.

The Panthers had a season-high in turnovers.

Sound bite

“The lesson u get from winning are the exact same ones u get from losing, one just hurts a little more than the other.”

Tweet from tight end Arthur Williams @DatBoyBully84

Loose ends

Albert Wilson caught a career-high eight passes for 120 yards. … Danny Williams caught one pass, extending his streak to 21 consecutive games. … Linebacker Jake Muasau, back from injury, had six tackles and an interception. … Matt Ehasz missed a 30-yard field goal in the third quarter. They Panthers have missed seven of their last nine field-goal attempts.

What’s next

Georgia State will host Campbell in its regular season finale.

50 comments Add your comment

roguepanther

November 13th, 2011
2:40 pm

Anybody can see what is wrong with Panther Football.
And anybody can give the answers how to fix them all.
Just nobody wants to do the corrective moves; students and coaches.
They are not on the same page, I can see it, just a fan.
Maybe too many nice guys in the butch.

I will be seeing you next Saturday.
Let’s get one for the season.

Disaster!!

November 13th, 2011
3:20 pm

Tired of losing Bill…really tired.

That quote makes a lot of sense

November 13th, 2011
3:21 pm

Very true, DatBullyBoy. With that sound thought, I think it is time to talk about something else that also makes perfect sense: this program making its inevitable descent into the world of FBS. Alright, BIG EAST or CUSA? We need to start the conversation now so that when it happens Monday, tonight, whenever, we will be better prepared. Kind of like the above quote that makes perfect sense, its always been said that “when you can’t beat anyone at your level, the level below you, or the lowest legal level allowed to compete against by the NCAA before they come in and make you stop trying, you should move up into tougher competition.” Maybe we should move into the NFC South.

This Bully Boy

November 13th, 2011
3:24 pm

great quote. one of my favorites. also, it should be noted that wins and losses are both the same except a different number of letters. but they both have a ’s.’ yeah, that and they both are words. also, chowder and broth are both soups except when they are not and one is used for cooking.

Alum-99

November 13th, 2011
3:29 pm

Wasn’t something like this in the book of revelation:
West Alabama 30, Georgia State 23

BAMAFan

November 13th, 2011
3:35 pm

You guys outght to be proud of yourselves. Remember last year the game was 63-7. At least you kept it close…what? WEST Alabama…lolololol you guys totally SUCK.

Alec Baldwin

November 13th, 2011
3:47 pm

hahahahahahahaha

DJ-Dragon

November 13th, 2011
3:52 pm

Well, losing a close away game against a pretty solid DII school is better than losing at home to an NAIA school. Small steps.

FIRE CURRY

November 13th, 2011
4:04 pm

Calling Monday morning to cancel my annual donation. Not another penny coming from my pockets to this program.

Football Fan

November 13th, 2011
4:49 pm

Seriously? West Alabama? Seriously? I actually tried to keep up with this program but this is turned comical. How awful. Recruits won’t commit to this. Bad thing is is that Curry will set you back even further because you will have to start over again here before too long. I don’t think he coaches much past 90-years-old.

Panther Blue

November 13th, 2011
5:50 pm

How many new programs are successful (in wins) after only two season? Some of you people need to get a life, and let the program at GSU mature just a bit longer.

GSU_2012

November 13th, 2011
6:11 pm

Well….

Yea that about sums it up. It is really unfortunate. Hopefully the boys are learning some lessons and we can make some changes in the off season and be able to come back next year and learn from some more of our mistakes. I do not know if a young program like this can take another horrible season like this and keep a 10,000 person fan base.

Football Fan

November 13th, 2011
6:19 pm

@Panther Blue The answer to that question is Georgia Southern. They won the 1985 national championship in what I believe was their second full season of competitive football.

Claw

November 13th, 2011
6:31 pm

Georgia Southern may have won big in their second season, but they did not have to play against power packs like St. Francis and Murray State.

itsmeagain

November 13th, 2011
7:17 pm

In the end, if you have a problem with this to the point that you give up with the team, go ahead. If you’re just a troll from another team, don’t you have somewhere better to be? And for those of you who stick around and support your team, good. It’s not the end of the world and it’s not the end of this program.

Scout

November 13th, 2011
7:35 pm

We are terrible. Coaches, players, administrators. The whole deal is a dumpster fire.

ASHAMED!!

November 13th, 2011
8:02 pm

Curry is the President of the Fellowship of the Miserable, Bond is the Governor, and Thompson is the Mayor of Simpleton. NO ROGER NO RE-RUN NO RENT!! NO ROGER NO RE-RUN NO RENT!! NO ROGER NO RE-RUN NO RENT!!

Bene

November 13th, 2011
8:29 pm

Ex FBS coaches do not work in FCS. Why? Because they think it’s “scrub” football and they try to fit their schemes into an environment that doesn’t work EVER! Curry is fine @ head coach but he needs to get some FCS coodinators if he wants to be successful. It’s a different ball game and you cannot fit a square peg into a round hole..

Mean Gene

November 13th, 2011
9:09 pm

I see where GSU is receiving a vote in the latest FBS Media top 25. One more than Florida. Hey how bout that? GSU might be going FBS after all.

Nice One

November 13th, 2011
10:42 pm

@Mean Gene

That is Georgia Southern and not Georgia State.

Bene

November 13th, 2011
11:20 pm

BOND & THOMPSON must GO!! They are terrible and bringing our program DOWN!! Levick needs to man up and do the right thing.

ASHAMED!!

November 13th, 2011
11:29 pm

Seriously though, This is humiliating. Cannot believe I have to go to work tomorrow and have everyone laugh at how bad we are. CBC nuttin but love please get rid of that riff raff on your squad and your staff please.

allansracing

November 14th, 2011
1:42 am

Terrible. You guys are great compared to Western Kentucky University. The 2002 1AA National Champs did not renew Coach Jack HARBAUGH’s contract because they wanted to jump to 1A. He told the WKU President and AD that there was no target market, He was right.

The team hired the defensive coach as head coach and as predicted, saw no fan increase and a four year period of winning only two games [NAIA and Division II teams]. The new stadium with 22,000 fans saw the Hilltoppers beat Murray State in the initial game in the new digs. The enrollment at the school is 21,000. It took almost 3 years and 19 losing home games before victory in this complex again.

When coach was fired, he had a buyout clause which forced WKU to pay out $500,000 [he is now a high school defensive coach]. Taggart was hired becuase he was a former star player and could meet the salary level of $200,000 a year. Because WKU cannot afford this program, Taggart can expect washed up coaches or inexperienced young lads EVERY year.

WKU is on a roll this year. After losing to Indiana State at home by 3 touchdowns, they won five games in a row against Sun Belt opponets. Only one was in the top 50. All others were in 105 to 120 range in ratings.

WKU played LSU on Saturday and lost [of course]. But, our head defensive coach got a DWI in Baton Rouge [his 3rd]. But that is okay, he was picked up at 1am on Saturday and was on the sidelines for kickoff at 6pm. He will also not be punished as WKU is one game away from going to a bowl. Don’t let ethical standards get in the way.

Send us Bill Curry and some fans and some $$$ and a pass out of the Sun Belt!!!!!!!!!!!1

Chang

November 14th, 2011
7:58 am

I am a Georgia State graduate but i am so proud of the GSU Eagle’s performance. Go Eagle!!

peachie

November 14th, 2011
9:20 am

Thank you Chang. I’m a Georgia Southern grad and I wish Ga St success. This state is big enough for two first tier FCS football programs
After all these years of watching Ga So I really have come to prefer FCS over BCS football. As Pat Sullivan ( Heisman trophy winner at Auburn and head coach at Samford) said, this is college football the way it was meant to be.
BCS has gotten too commercialized and down here we determine the champion on the field and not in the newspaper.

theRealGsuMy@$$

November 14th, 2011
10:32 am

It just gets easier with every new blog……………..
hahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

Student Athlete

November 14th, 2011
11:48 am

You failed to mention WA dominated TOP +7:30; had +19 snaps, and 3rd conversion 53%….

Three glaring issues 1. QB inexperience, poor decisions in critical situations, does not have ability to audible out of bad play 2. Offensive game plan does not attack defensive weakness, very predictable, appears the other team has the play book. 3. The defensive scheme doesn’t work, didn’t work in FBS want work in FCS.

There are other problems that need to be addressed, but correcting these three areas will puts “Wins” on the board, and will make other problems go away.

Sad GSU Fan

November 14th, 2011
12:18 pm

So to those who are apologizing for our season by saying it’s “just” our 2nd season, answer this for me. 1) Are the programs at ODU and South Bama just monsters who are performing way beyond their expectations which make us look bad or 2) do we just suck? If it’s #1 then someone needs to fix it. If it’s #2, then someone needs to fix it. Either way, someone needs to fix something. Who’s responsible for this? If it’s our athletes it’s tough to fix during the season so things should get better next year.

ASHAMED!!

November 14th, 2011
1:07 pm

@ Sad GSU Fan,
Agree with your points however Our Athlelte’s should be better compared to last year. More experience, new S&C coach. I Think the answer is our coaching staff is out of ideas and they are not a good fit. Particularly Bond and Thompson.

Panther Grad 01

November 14th, 2011
1:13 pm

Have you noticed as Hill’s stats go up, everyone elses go down. Danny Williams was a pre season all america watch candidate. He is not used! This team has weapons. It shouldn’t be a one man show! No excuse to lose to these weak opponets. 4th quarter (crunch time stats are a joke). Can’t even get first downs. Bond if your hanging your hat on this style continue to expect L’s. You will be looking for a job. The Caa is not a joke. Your style last year got you 6 and 5. You have the same players this year with a weaker schedule. You also have Albert Wilson who has raised his game. No excuse in the drop off. If your Qb is your leading rusher, this is not a good thing unless you have no other weapons or he is the best athlete on the field. Not the case here. Continue this formula and continue to lose!!!!!!!

Ga Panther

November 14th, 2011
1:23 pm

Bond, qb both choke when games on the line.(4th q and ot). This didn’t happen last year. We came from behind several times.

theRealGsuMy@$$

November 14th, 2011
1:39 pm

DA DOME will feel like a cavern on saturday – reported attendance 15k – actual 1500
We don’t buy grass – we buy failures
Our attitude is, we’ll play anyone, anywhere, anytime – and stink it up in the process while making excuses why we would be better off FBS.
We need a hand sign, like the claw – b/c that looks cool and intimidating to NAIA and D2 fan bases.
That other, fake, wanna-be like us GSU won’t win their conference ever again, they are an after thought.
Our school has 30K+ enrollment, so it’s obvious we are better than any other school in Georgia.

Pantherman

November 14th, 2011
2:22 pm

There’s hope for a three-win season. Campbell got upset Saturday by Valparaiso, which had a 29-game losing streak going in. So our rallying cry is: If the Valps can do it, so can we!

ASHAMED!!

November 14th, 2011
2:56 pm

Because both Bond and Thompson were new, no-one had seen them, not much film etc… The issue is they are an open book now and undortunately it’s only got one chapter entitled “Losing for Dummies”.

Nice One

November 15th, 2011
12:09 am

I bet Valpo would hang half a hundred on St. Francis or West Alabama. We’re doomed.

GSU

November 15th, 2011
1:03 pm

@TheRealGSUmy@$$

Dude, you are a sad case. Wow, what a loser you must be to continue to post on our forum screaming like a 5 year old. Get a life guy! Obviously you have a serious complex with GSU otherwise you wouldn’t be here. I don’t think twice about you folks down in Statesboro.

theRealGsuMy@$$

November 15th, 2011
1:07 pm

@GSU – apparently you do, since you took the time to respond to a 5 year old….ahhh, the typical you have a complex response. So, you post in response to something you state you don’t think twice about, throw out a couple of name calling antics and then justify it by saying I have the complex…….riiiiiiiiiiight.

GSU

November 15th, 2011
1:08 pm

I’m pissed about the season just as everyone else is. However, if we take a step back we’ve had one horrible year in our second year of playing football. Let’s give these guys time to turn it around. I don’t think we would want people screaming for our jobs after a bad streak in our professions. Give them time to correct it and if they can’t within a reasonable amount of time (3 to 5 years) then we can go in a different direction. Just my $.02.

GSU

November 15th, 2011
1:13 pm

I’m not throwing names at Georgia Southern,I’m throwing names at the idiot who tries to derail every blog about GSU. It’s all good though, do whatever it is that you do.

theRealGsuMy@$$

November 15th, 2011
1:52 pm

@GSU – did you bring the chocolate bars and marshmallows because I have some graham crackers in my desk if you want to start singing kum-by-ya to the “idiot” that tries to derail every blog about state. A bad streak? A bad streak is what you see every night when you change your pants. I’m glad I have your permission to do whatever it is that I do. I was waiting here anxiously for that comment.
You and the other state supporters that can’t seem to see what everyone else can sound like the character Glen from Talladega Nights – “here’s some things to be proud of, 1, we tried really hard and 2, we’re still really good friends” – and I’m the idiot.

ASHAMED!!

November 15th, 2011
2:16 pm

@ GSU… Sorry but if my performance at work was anything close to this I would have been gone after the Jax St. game…. Most of us do not work in organizations that tolerate mistakes, at least I don’t…

GSU

November 15th, 2011
2:28 pm

@ASHAMED!! So, basically you’re saying we should fire a coaching staff every time they have down years? How long should a coaching staff get to right the ship? Trust me, if you made those kinds of decisions you would not be working in that capacity for long.

My point is a coaching staff needs at least 3 years in order to get a decent sampling size of their performance. In year one we went 6-5. I would say we overachieved. In year two, it has been a miserable failure; however, that is a small sampling at GSU.

GSU

November 15th, 2011
2:58 pm

I have extra tickets, meet me at the gates sir!!!

GoJorgaSuthernEegles

November 15th, 2011
3:17 pm

theRealGsuMy@$$ – I checked the Stateboro Herald obituaries and saw nothing under the name Doochey Baggins; I knew then you would be commenting in this blog regarding our loss. As I believe your people would say…DANG MAN!

theRealGsuMy@$$

November 15th, 2011
3:34 pm

@GoJorgaSuthernEegles – good one, couldn’t you have spent 5 more minutes thinking about a better name than Doochey Baggins? The sad part is, you knew what to expect, come here and find out you were right and then proceed to tell everyone you were right. Good for you. If I met your expectations, why are you complaining? Just what exactly do you mean by “my people”………

GoJorgaSuthernEegles

November 15th, 2011
3:41 pm

theRealGsuMy@$$- Hey check out the matchin’ Skoal tattoos on Doochey and his girl. Awwww!

theRealGsuMy@$$

November 15th, 2011
3:44 pm

I’m not real sure what a Skoal tattoo is. Do you see those a lot in the graffiti that liters your “campus” or the area in which you tailgate at DA DOME?

GoJorgaSuthernEegles

November 15th, 2011
3:46 pm

theRealGsuMy@$$ git in here…its time to brush mamma’s tooth!

GoJorgaSuthernEegles

November 15th, 2011
3:49 pm

theRealGsuMy@$$- let me guess, a browning buck and a don’t blame me I voted Alice Cooper sticker on your truck? That about got it?

To theRealGsuMy@$$

November 15th, 2011
5:22 pm

State fan here….
You have been cordial in your posts in the past so I know genuinely hope State has some improvements in future years. I understand that most of your posts are responses to State fans dogging out Southern for no reason. There is some truth to your posts that State is a terrible team and we should be called out on comments about State moving to the FBS or the “real GSU” and jabs at the football program at Southern. I like your posts, but I like even better how the State fans get so pissed. I go to the games and the stands are dead (except Clark and homecoming), but I read the posts on the blog and I see a renewed passion for football at State. Not sure why that doesn’t transcend into the stands, but I love how you stir it up and sometimes you say exactly what I want to say…. Going forward show no mercy! State fans are against the ropes the fans don’t come to the games it’s time to go for the TKO.